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Royal photographer Tim Rooke (pictured) has captured some of the British royal family

Renowned royal photographer reveals the surprising difference between capturing Meghan and Kate – and his favourite career moment to date

  • A royal photographer revealed differences between shooting Meghan and Kate
  • Tim Rooke said that Meghan’s birth announcement may come on Instagram
  • He said one of his favourite moments to capture was the Invictus Games 
  • Tim has shot seminal moments; like Prince George’s birth and Princess Diana 

By Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:47 BST, 24 April 2019 | Updated: 02:38 BST, 24 April 2019

While for many catching a glimpse of a member of the royal family is a lucky coincidence, for Tim Rooke shooting Britain’s leading monarchs is just another day at the office.

The renowned royal photographer has captured some of the British royal family’s most important milestones, including the birth of Prince George and Princess Diana‘s final weeks.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Tim revealed some of is favourite moments since he became the first royal photographer for Shutterstock in 1990.

He also revealed the surprising difference between photographing Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton – and how the Duchess of Sussex‘s birth announcement will be different from those that have gone before.    

Royal photographer Tim Rooke (pictured) has captured some of the British royal family's most important milestones, including the birth of Prince George and Princess Diana's final weeks

Royal photographer Tim Rooke (pictured) has captured some of the British royal family's most important milestones, including the birth of Prince George and Princess Diana's final weeks

Royal photographer Tim Rooke (pictured) has captured some of the British royal family’s most important milestones, including the birth of Prince George and Princess Diana’s final weeks

According to Tim, one of his many favourite moments to shoot was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's trip to the Invictus Games (pictured in 2017 in Toronto)

According to Tim, one of his many favourite moments to shoot was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's trip to the Invictus Games (pictured in 2017 in Toronto)

According to Tim, one of his many favourite moments to shoot was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trip to the Invictus Games (pictured in 2017 in Toronto)

'Something I love about shooting the Sussexes is how affectionate they are with each other,' Tim said (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Closing Ceremony in Sydney in 2018)

'Something I love about shooting the Sussexes is how affectionate they are with each other,' Tim said (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Closing Ceremony in Sydney in 2018)

‘Something I love about shooting the Sussexes is how affectionate they are with each other,’ Tim said (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Closing Ceremony in Sydney in 2018)

What was Tim’s favourite moment to photograph? 

According to Tim, one of his many favourite moments to shoot was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trip to Australia, New Zealand the Pacific Islands for the Invictus Games.

‘I don’t have one specific moment that was a favourite, but it was absolutely fantastic and a real top moment to go on tour with the Sussexes,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Something I love about shooting the Sussexes is how affectionate they are with each other. 

‘It’s refreshing to see how intimate they are as a couple as they often spend their whole time holding hands when they are together.’

'It's refreshing to see how intimate they are as a couple as they often spend their whole time holding hands when they are together,' Tim said of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured)

'It's refreshing to see how intimate they are as a couple as they often spend their whole time holding hands when they are together,' Tim said of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured)

‘It’s refreshing to see how intimate they are as a couple as they often spend their whole time holding hands when they are together,’ Tim said of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured)

The royal photographer said the difference between shooting the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge is Meghan and Harry (pictured) are less traditional in their approach

The royal photographer said the difference between shooting the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge is Meghan and Harry (pictured) are less traditional in their approach

The royal photographer said the difference between shooting the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge is Meghan and Harry (pictured) are less traditional in their approach

How will Harry and Meghan’s birth announcement be different from other royal birth annoucements?

The royal photographer said that the difference between shooting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is that Meghan and Harry are less traditional in their approach – both to general photos and how they will share the news of Meghan’s impending birth.

‘We now know that Harry and Meghan will not have a traditional post-birth photo call, which definitely goes against the norm,’ Tim said.

‘Given that the couple have recently created an Instagram page to document their activities it’s more likely that the first image of Baby Sussex will be posted and shared widely to the public via Instagram.’

'We now know that Harry and Meghan will not have a traditional post-birth photo call, which definitely goes against the norm,' Tim said (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013 after giving birth to Prince George)

'We now know that Harry and Meghan will not have a traditional post-birth photo call, which definitely goes against the norm,' Tim said (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013 after giving birth to Prince George)

‘We now know that Harry and Meghan will not have a traditional post-birth photo call, which definitely goes against the norm,’ Tim said (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013 after giving birth to Prince George)

'It's a very busy time around the birth of a royal baby,' Tim said (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured after giving birth to Prince Louis)

'It's a very busy time around the birth of a royal baby,' Tim said (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured after giving birth to Prince Louis)

‘It’s a very busy time around the birth of a royal baby,’ Tim said (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured after giving birth to Prince Louis)

What is it like to capture a royal birth?

Over the past 19 years, Tim has shot numerous royal births, including the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

‘It’s a very busy time around the birth of a royal baby,’ he said.

“The first time I covered the birth of a royal baby was after the Duchess of Cambridge delivered Prince George. It was quite chaotic and people camped outside of the Lindo Wing for weeks.’

For Princess Charlotte, he said, all of the photographers ‘had a meeting with the Palace to work out the best way to do it and where everyone should stand’. 

‘Each spot outside the hospital was numbered and numbers were drawn out of a hat to allocate spaces.

‘We also weren’t allowed to go there until the Duchess was taken into hospital as it is a working hospital. I’m lucky enough so live fifteen minutes from the Lindo Wing, so it was easier for me to get to the hospital quickly.’

Tim has captured some of the royal family's most iconic moments for the past 19 years, since he joined Shutterstock in 1990 (pictured: Princess Diana with her butler Paul Burrell)

Tim has captured some of the royal family's most iconic moments for the past 19 years, since he joined Shutterstock in 1990 (pictured: Princess Diana with her butler Paul Burrell)

Tim has captured some of the royal family’s most iconic moments for the past 19 years, since he joined Shutterstock in 1990 (pictured: Princess Diana with her butler Paul Burrell)

The royal photographer said shooting the royal family and royal children is like no other job (pictured: Prince Charles with Prince Harry)

The royal photographer said shooting the royal family and royal children is like no other job (pictured: Prince Charles with Prince Harry)

The royal photographer said shooting the royal family and royal children is like no other job (pictured: Prince Charles with Prince Harry)

What is it like photographing royal children?

The royal photographer said capturing royal children on camera is like no other job.

‘The royal children are lovely and I’ve had the opportunity to shoot them when I’ve been on foreign trips with the Cambridges,’ he said.

‘When we were on tour in Australia, I was able to photograph George and Charlotte at a kids’ birthday party.’

Tim said the process to photograph the royal children is ‘quite different’ as your ‘name literally has to come out of a hat to secure the opportunity – like a polling system’.

The photographer said it’s understandable that ‘heir parents obviously want fewer photographers around the kids’.

‘But another reason for this is a lot of the time there is only a small space so you can’t fit lots of photographers in the room,’ he said.

'For generations now, the first photographs of royal babies have great interest to the public,' Tim said (pictured: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall)

'For generations now, the first photographs of royal babies have great interest to the public,' Tim said (pictured: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall)

‘For generations now, the first photographs of royal babies have great interest to the public,’ Tim said (pictured: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall)

'Both in the UK and abroad, there is a keen desire to connect with the royal family and these images act as the first opportunity for the public to "meet" the new little one,' Tim said (pictured: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry)

'Both in the UK and abroad, there is a keen desire to connect with the royal family and these images act as the first opportunity for the public to "meet" the new little one,' Tim said (pictured: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry)

‘Both in the UK and abroad, there is a keen desire to connect with the royal family and these images act as the first opportunity for the public to “meet” the new little one,’ Tim said (pictured: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry)

What is the significance of the royal children? 

‘For generations now, the first photographs of royal babies have great interest to the public,’ Tim said.

‘Both in the UK and abroad, there is a keen desire to connect with the royal family and these images act as the first opportunity for the public to “meet” the new little one.’

Tim has been taking photos of the royal family ‘since the early 1990s – from weddings to new royal baby announcements’.

‘It’s such an exciting time,’ he said. ‘Both for the public and for photographers.’  

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